Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė (violoncello)

Sound recordings
Sound recordings

Giedre Dirvanauskaite is a Lithuanian cellist. She is a laureate of several national competitions; attended master classes held by M. Rostropovich, D. Geringas, H. Beyerle, T. Grindenko, and others.

As a soloist G. Dirvanauskaite has performed with many different chamber and symphony orchestras of Europe, Asia, and Middle East. Giedre Dirvanauskaite has premiered works of V. Kissine, G. Kancheli, A. Maskats, V. Poleva. She has attended many festivals like Lockenhaus (Austria), Gstaad, Basel (Switzerland), Beppu (Japan), Gohrisch (Germany), December Nights (Russia), and others. Her stage partners include artists like V. Afanassiev, M. Argerich, Y. Bashmet, M. Bekovac, S. Chen, V. Mendelssohn, L. Hagen, H. Holliger, M. Portal, A. Zlabys.

In recent years Giedre Dirvanauskaite has extensively toured with many different chamber music formations. Since 2009, she regularly performs and tours in a trio with violinist Gidon Kremer and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili. The latter trio’s released record “Kissine/Tchaikovsky: Piano trios” (ECM, 2011) won the prestigious German Critics Award as a recording of exceptional artistry, in addition to receiving praise from all over the world as one of the best recordings of P. Tchaikovsky’s works ever made. Other recordings with G. Dirvanauskaite's solo part include "Hymns and Prayers" - Silent Prayer by Kancheli (ECM, 2008), "Between the Waves" - Duo by V. Kissine (ECM, 2013) and  2 CD album released by the label ECM- an homage to the composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg-included besides his 10 Symphony for strings as well Weinberg String trio (ECM, 2014) for which G.Dirvanauskaite  was nominated for `the Gammy award 2015.

In January 2015 Giedre Dirvanauskaite toured together with Gidon Kremer and the pianist Daniil Trifonov as a trio through USA. She remains to be the leader of the cello group of the Kremerata Baltica Orchestra,which she is a member since 1997 up to date.

G. Dirvanauskaite plays an instrument by Alexander Gaglianus, made in 1709.

Chamber Works

George Frideric Handel

Sonata in G minor, for two cellos and continuo

Arthur Honegger

Sonatine for violin and cello

Bohuslav Martinu

Duo for violin & cello No. 1, H. 157

Solo Works

Johann Sebastian Bach

Suite No.5 in C minor

Suite No.4 in E flat major

Suite No.3  in C major

Suite No.2  in D minor

Suite No.1 in G major

Gaspar Cassado

Suite for cello solo

Works for Cello and Orchestra

Luigi Boccherini

Cello Concerto in B flat major, G. 482

Karl Davidov

Concerto in A minor, No.2, op.14

Edison Denissov

”Happy End”  for two violins, cello, double-bass and orchestra Antonin Dvorak

Antonin Dvorak

Cello Concerto in B minor, op.104

Joseph Haydn

Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, H. 7b/2 (Op. 101) 

Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, H. 7b/1 

Édouard Lalo

Cello Concerto in D minor

Witold Lutoslawski


Niccolò Paganini

Introduction and Variations on "Dal tuo stellato soglio' from Rossini's "Mose", for violin & orchestra, MS 23

Camille Saint-Saens

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33

Robert Schumann

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129  

Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello & orchestra (or cello & piano) in A major, Op. 33 

Pezzo Capriccioso, op.62

Works for Cello and Piano

Attilio Ariosti

Sonata in E minor

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata No 4 in C major, op.102

Sonata No 3 in A major, op.69

Luigi Boccherini

Sonata for cello & continuo in G major, G. 15

Sonata for cello & continuo in A major, G. 4 (Six Sonatas No. 6)

Johannes Brahms

Sonata in F major, No.2, op.99

Sonata in E minor, No.1, op.38

Stephen Davismoon

”Beneath Garlands ”

Claude Debussy

Sonata for cello & piano, L. 135

Gabriel Faure

Élégie for cello & piano or orchestra in C minor, Op. 24

François Francoeur

Sonata in E major

Daniel van Goens

Scherzo No.2, op. 12

Edvard Grieg

Sonata in A minor, op36

Pietro Lokatelli

Sonata for cello & piano (music by Locatelli, arranged by Piatti)

Bohuslav Martinu

Variations on a Slovak Folksong for cello & piano, H. 378

Nikolai Miaskovsky

Sonata  No.1

David Popper

Tarantela, op.23

Spinning Song for cello & piano, Op. 55/1

Sergei Prokofiev

Sonata  C-dur, op119

Anton Rubinstein

Sonata Nr.1, op.18

Franz Schubert

Sonata for arpeggione & piano in A minor ("Arpeggione Sonata"), D. 821

Robert Schumann

Funf Stucke in Volkston, op.102

Phantasiestücke (3 Fantasy Pieces) for clarinet (or cello or violin) & piano, Op. 73

Richard Strauss

Sonata for cello & piano in F major, Op. 6 (TrV 115) 

Other Works

Peteris Vasks

”Plainescapes” for violin cello and chorus

Gidon Kremer live in Vicenza

Johannes BrahmsPiano Quartet in C-minor

Rostislav Krimer-piano

Gidon Kremer-violine

Yuri Bashmet-viola

Giedre Dirvanauskaite-cello

Giya Kancheli: Angels of Sorrow

Mahler & Schnittke: Piano Quartet in A minor

Performed in 2009 by Gidon Kremer (violin), Maxim Rysanov (viola), Giedre Dirvanauskaite (cello), and Andrews Zhlabis (piano).

Concert at the Museum of Applied Art, 16 12 2007

L.Janaček “Fairy tale” for cello and piano

E.Schulhoff Duo for violin and piano (in memory of Leoš Janáček)

A.Dvorak Romantic pieces for violin and piano, Op. 75

P.Tchaikovsky Trio in A minor, Op. 50




"While listening to Witold Lutoslawski’s Grave for cello and strings we hear multifaceted delicacy. Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė conveys perfectly the spirit of the opus by using a wide range of subtle nuances. They are the main component of the ‘foundations’ of this opus. Is this a material appropriate to them? It seems, the composer himself used successfully such a paradox in his work repeatedly."

Edmundas Gedgaudas. "Pavasaringieji", Literatūra ir menas, 08 October 2004, No. 3018

"The 9th of May, the pianist Laurina Šablevičiūtė, […] and cellist Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė, a member of the chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica since 1997, gave a concert. The programme included R. Schumann’s Romance Fis Major, No. 2, op. 28, and Fantastic Pieces for cello and piano, op. 73, J. Brahms’s Fantasies, op. 116, A. Šenderovas’s Čiurlionis Sketches (“A Composition Sketch”, "Bell", "Angel", "Demon", "A Vignette for a Folk Song", "Amber Palace"), M. Tippett’s Sonata No. 2, L. Šablevičiūtė’s husband S. Davismoon’s Beneath Garlands and B. Martinu’s Variations on a Slovak Theme. The pianist Assistant Prof. Virginija Dabkutė has agreed to share her impressions from this evening of the festival Sugrįžimai: "The concert was admirable for the professional performance, lively music, interesting interpretations and also the premieres of opuses still unheard in Lithuania. [...] G. Dirvanauskaitė’s performance attracted the audience with beautiful sound and flexible phrasing. R. Schumann’s Fantastic Pieces were performed vivaciously; the performers felt each other perfectly and created a unique colour for those pieces. During the second part of the concert, the performance of S. Davismoon’s composition for cello and piano dedicated to his wife Laurina was very interesting: the impellent musical contrasts and the dance pulse of this music were conveyed perfectly by the performers. The fact that the young performers constantly appear more and more mature is very pleasant, very valuable and worth appreciation; their interpretations are increasingly convincing."

Aldona Eleonora Radvilaitė. "Primenantys apie save", Septynios meno dienos, 27 May 2005, No. 663

"At the end of the first part of the concert, the ensemble of R. Vosyliūtė and G. Dirvanauskaitė performed Bohuslav Martinu’s Duo for Violin and Cello No. 1, two parts. [...] The string duo was also admirable: it sounded as if played by just one performer. Antonin Dvorak’s Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello f minor, op. 65, revealed the professionalism of performance in ensemble. Although in some places, for instance, in the second part, one could disagree with the solution of tempo – Allegretto grazioso sounded a bit hasty, more espressivo than grazioso, but the intonations and precision of strings in unison pieces, perfect octaves, an the feeling of a huge four-part cycle showed a technically perfect, really justified and professional interpretation. One could only wish that this ensemble prepared programmes delightful with incontestable high mastership and artistry in the future."

Rima Povilionienė. "Kameriniame koncerte – trys jaunos muzikės", Muzikos barai, February – March, 2004